Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Industry News: New England

Quiznos announced a partnership with Vermont-based convenience and gas retailer, Champlain Farms, to open Quiznos restaurants inside Champlain Farms’ 40 locations throughout Vermont, situated in colleges and universities, interstate exits, and tourism destinations. The initial launch will include 10 locations, the first of which will open next month. Plans call for expansion to all 40 locations in the future. Quiznos opened more than 200 convenience store locations in 2011…Restoration Hardware has signed a lease for 234 Berkeley St. in Boston, once home LouisBoston. Restoration Hardware has yet to announce when it will open its store…Uno Restaurant Holdings Corp. will open the flagship location of Uno Dué Go, its three-year-old fast-casual café concept, in Boston this month. Boston-based Uno has 150 company-owned and franchised restaurants...Bruegger’s Enterprises opened the first US Timothy’s Coffee restaurant in Boston’s Hancock Village. The location is the Canadian coffee house chain’s 90th unit. Bruegger’s Enterprises operates 300 Bruegger’s bakeries...Iconic Wilbraham, MA-based restaurant chain Friendly Ice Cream Corp. closed 63 of its nearly 500 locations as it looks to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Roughly 30 of the closings are in Massachusetts. Friendly’s was founded by brothers Prestley and Curtis Blake in Springfield, MA in 1935, who sold it to Hershey in 1979. In 2007, Friendly’s was bought for $337.2 million by Sun Capital Partners Inc....Burtons Grill will close its location near Fenway Park. Burtons, which has locations in Hingham, North Andover and Peabody, MA, will open a new restaurant in Burlington, MA in December. In addition to its Massachusetts locations, Burtons also has locations in Connecticut, Virginia and New Hampshire.

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